Rick Perry’s entrance into the 2012 Presidential race has certainly stirred things up, and by all accounts he is now the man to beat. Although I have not decided which candidate I will ultimately support, I am pleased to see that Mitt Romney is no longer the front runner.
Despite the results of the 2008 election, there are still those who insist that we have to find a moderate candidate if we want to defeat Obama in 2012. Although I completely understand their reasoning, I disagree with their conclusion. If a moderate Republican was what the country wanted, John McCain would in the White House now and Michelle Obama would be vacationing on her own dime. It is time to put this “we need a moderate” mentality to rest. As a conservative, I want a conservative President, and I can’t get a conservative President by voting for a moderate.
We cannot escape the fact that our nation is now being run and ruined by a radical leftist, and those same leftists are in control of the Senate. The damage being done by these is not irreparable, but it will be if we don’t make the effort to set things right. The very first step in that process is to elect conservatives who fully understand the danger our country is in, and who are willing to turn it around.
The shining “achievement” of the Obama administration is Obamacare, and repealing it is job one for our next President. Do we give that job to a moderate who will only fix what he sees wrong with the existing bill, or do we elect someone who will rip it out by the roots? We are being driven to bankruptcy by Obama’s “stimulus” spending that has yet to stimulate anything but the federal debt. Shall we elect a moderate who will find more effective ways to spend money we don’t have, or shall we elect a conservative who will cut spending and balance the budget?
If there has ever been a time in our history that we needed a solid conservative in the White House, this is it. Obama has eclipsed Jimmy Carter as the worst President in modern history, and is undoubtedly in a very weak position to be re-elected. Unemployment is projected to decline to around 8.5% by late 2012, but even that bleak assessment is optimistic considering the fact that nothing has changed to improve the economy and no one in the Obama administration seems to be capable of changing that. If there is ever going to be a time when we can elect a solid conservative, this will be that time.
Conservatives can no longer be timid in our approach to elections. We need a candidate who will boldly carry the mantle of conservatism. Ronald Reagan felt no need to apologize for his conservative views, and he defeated Jimmy Carter in a landslide. If we allow the left to continue to advise us on the best way to defeat their candidates, we might as well recycle John McCain in 2012 because the results will be the same. I would argue that a conservative candidate in 2012 will have a better chance of winning than did Reagan. The three network news organizations in Reagan’s era no longer have a stranglehold on information. Talk radio, the internet, and the abundance of conservatives in the blogosphere all add strength to a conservative candidate’s position.
Rather than look for a bland moderate candidate who can appeal to the independent voters while the base is forced once again to hold their noses, we need to stand our ground and choose a candidate that has the fire and the ability to clearly articulate the conservative message and lead those independent voters over to our way of thinking.
The idea that we must have a moderate candidate has been around a long time, and it has been wrong for just as long. While it can sometimes be effective to try to build a coalition between conservatives and independents, the results are only temporary at best. Eventually the pendulum will swing the other way, and those independent voters will be drawn back to the left.
The Tea Party has effectively mobilized a large number of these independent voters and they have begun the process of becoming informed citizens and voters. By clearly and effectively articulating why conservatism works and why it is right for our nation, we can convert many of those independent voters and expand the conservative base. This is a better long term strategy and one that we cannot afford to neglect.